How to get from Male to Hangnaameedhoo, Maldives

How to Get from Male to Hangnaameedhoo Island, Maldives

Hangnaameedhoo is a small local island located in the Alifu Dhaalu Atoll (or Southern Ari Atoll) in Maldives. There are many ways to get to Hangnaameedhoo island from Male, including public ferry, speedboat, chartered speedboat and seaplane.

1. Public Ferry

There are 2 main ferry terminals in Malé: the north jetty and west jetty. The north jetty is where Airport Ferry Terminal and Hulhumale Ferry Terminal are located. The west jetty is also known as Villingili Ferry Terminal. In order to get from north jetty to west jetty, or vice versa, you can take a taxi for a flat rate of MVR 25, plus additional MVR 5/bag.

Advance booking of tickets is not possible, you need to pay them on the spot (either at the counter or on the boat). Food and drink are sold on the boat with reasonable price, so you don’t need to worry about being dehydrated or hungry. A toilet is available on the boat.

Since the public ferry goes to many islands, you need to inform the staff where you’re going to, so that they’ll let you know when it’s time for you to alight. There will be a transit at Mahibadhoo to change ferry, you don’t need to purchase a separate ticket, your original ticket is sufficient to bring you to Hangnaameedhoo.

Malé to Hangnaameedhoo:

Depart from: Villingili Ferry Terminal in Malé.
Schedule: every Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, at 9 am.
Ticket: MVR 53/person.
Duration: approx. 5 hours.
Transit and change ferry at Mahibadhoo. From Mahibadhoo, stopover at Omadhoo, then Hangnaameedhoo.

Hangnaameedhoo to Malé:

Depart from: Hangnaameedhoo North Harbour.
Schedule: every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, at 9:30 am.
Ticket: MVR 53/person.
Duration: approx. 5 hours.
From Hangnaameedhoo, stopover at Omadhoo, then Mahibadhoo. Change ferry at Mahibadhoo.

Ferry from Male to Hangnaameedhoo

On the public ferry from Male to Hangnaameedhoo

transit Mahibadhoo, ferry from Male to Hangnaameedhoo

Transit at Mahibadhoo. We changed from the white ferry to brown ferry.

2. Speedboat Ferry

Malé to Hangnaameedhoo:

Depart from: Petrol Jetty / T-Jetty, further south from Villingili Ferry Terminal.
Schedule: Saturday – Thursday at 4 pm; Friday at 9 am.
Ticket: USD 30/person.
Duration: approx. 1.5 hours.

Hangnaameedhoo to Malé:

Depart from: Hangnaameedhoo North Harbour.
Schedule: every day, at 7:30 am.
Ticket: USD 30/person.
Duration: approx. 1.5 hours.

Please note: Tickets can be purchased on the spot. Check with your guesthouse owner for the latest information on schedule, price, etc.

Speedboat from Hangnaameedhoo to Male, Maldives

Speedboat at Hangnaameedhoo North Habour

3. Chartered Speedboat

Chartered Speedboat must be booked in advance through your guesthouse. Different guesthouses will quote different prices. The advantage of a chartered speedboat is that you can decide your preferred departure timing instead of following the public speedboat timing. The disadvantage is, of course, the exorbitant price.

Price: depends on the guesthouse (est. USD 750/way per boat).
Duration: approx. 1 hour 15 mins.

4. Seaplane

Seaplane is the fastest transportation mode to get to any islands in Maldives. Similar to a chartered speedboat, seaplane must be booked in advance through your guesthouse.

Price: depends on the guesthouse (est. USD 300/way per person).
Duration: approx. 40 mins.

My Preferred Transportation to Hangnaameedhoo

I took the public ferry from Malé to Hangnaameedhoo, and the speedboat ferry from Hangnaameedhoo to Malé. Here’s my verdict: I prefer the 5 hours public ferry than the speedboat. In the speedboat, there was hardly any air circulation inside the cabin, and my hubby and I ended up vomiting during the 1.5-hour ride, it was a traumatic ride for both of us.

If you are not prone to motion sickness, or if don’t have a budget constraint, or you just want to save time, speedboat would be a better choice than the public ferry. As for chartered speedboat and seaplane, they are out of my league at the moment!

Disclaimer: schedules and prices are correct based on time of writing, they are subjected to change in the future. 

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